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Report - Huncoat Power Station, May 2015.

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by LancashireExplorations, May 27, 2015.

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    LancashireExplorations 28DL Regular User
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    Huncoat is a village on the outskirts of Accrington in Lancashire. There isn’t all that much to it on the surface, but underneath it was a rich coal seam upon which the north was developed during the Industrial Revolution. In the years that followed World War Two the newly nationalised electricity board chose this inconspicuous village adjacent to Padiham Power station, which had been generating electricity from coal since 1926, as the location for a new unit. Huncoat Power Station was duly opened on 11 May 1956 by the Mayor.

    In 1968 the Burnley pit that the area was built and prospered on closed with over a million tonnes of coal abandoned as an uneconomic mining proposition.

    In 1984 after barely three decades of production, the power station itself closed. The cooling towers were demolished on 16 October 1988, with the majority of the buildings coming down in September 1990. It’s unclear why the remaining buildings were left, though it may have been an interim measure if the transformer gear was housed in there, before it was transferred to the newer adjacent buildings.

    In 2004 controversy surrounded Lancashire County Council’s proposal to build a waste management facility on the site, which was by this time owned by Omega Atlantic and had been since 2001. The plans were approved in May 2006 in spite of many local objections. The owner appealed against the compulsory purchase however, an appeal that the government inspector upheld, and in the process nailing shut the coffin lid of LCC’s waste technology park in the process.

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    We went very early in the afternoon, around 12:30pm. Got inside and didn't expect it to smell so badly. Bumped into people whom were a bit shady as they had a bag full of what looked like spray paint.

    Left about 2:30pm. Loved the whole thing, worth visiting if you're nearby.
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    You want the History etc before the pics mate.

    Also giving times you visited places benefits nobody except someone who may want to place you at a scene say where criminal damage has been caused or arson for examples.

    Your pics would benefit from a bigger spacing between them & you need to delete the OOF ones (out of focus) (again!) and the ones where you"ve repeated the same subject matter 3ft further away. & the completely pointless ones ? It does not help the report any.

    Just a little thought about some kind of composition could help you dramatically improve what is a completely fucked up place. Have a look on previous reports for some ideas on what looks good to shoot and what should be avoided. What do you like about other peoples reports ?

    Ask yourself, would you spend time looking at a report if it contained some of those pics you"ve posted ? hopefully the answer will be no ( if not it should be) & you"ll alter it accordingly & progress. The whole idea is to make people think Yeah i"d like to go there not avoid it like the plague & also bypass your reports which is what appears to be happening :(
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